MBA, Chief Executive Officer
Aras brings with him extensive senior management experience in the biotechnology and financial sectors including his involvement in several successful start-ups. His diverse roles include his position as the president of an investment corporation in the cannabis space and former position as the COO of an oncology company.
MBA, Chief Operating Officer
Arash is a driven and energetic business leader with a passion for marketing, strategy and technology. He has extensive experience as a Management Consultant including his executive role of an investment corporation in the cannabis space. Arash’s enthusiasm lies in building businesses, and developing businesses beyond their ambitions.
BComm, Chief Legal Officer
Setu is a lawyer with experience in complex litigation, corporate and legal strategy, and contract negotiations. He has been involved in the cannabis industry for several years in advocating for patients’ rights and advising healthcare professionals, licensed producers, and other stakeholders in the cannabis space in CA and abroad.
CPA, CA, CBV, Chief Financial Officer
Dave graduated from the Queen’s School of Business and is now the President of Quad Business Services Inc. His three years spent in the audit and tax group at RSM Richter LLP earned him his Chartered Accountant designation; after which he spent four years in their advisory practice focusing on M&A and valuations.
Dr. Satish Asotra
VP of R&D
Through previous leadership roles, Satish offers a proven track record of his ability to strategically manage and build teams that are collectively focused to achieve goal oriented results. Having authored over 10 patents, and various degrees of contributions towards more than 35 research papers and scientific review articles, Satish is a key driver to Avicanna’s success.
MBA, VP of Operations, LATAM
Lucas´ experience includes his role as a Management Consultant for Sanatorio Guemes, one of the main medical institutions of Latin America. He also has extensive experience in developing successful start-ups in Argentina in addition to his impressive international career in finance and consulting including his tenure at Deloitte, England.
VP of Operations, Canada
Kyle is the founder and President of My Cannabis, a patient acquisition and onboard program involved in connecting patients with qualified physicians. He is a patient education expert and an MMAR license holder. Kyle’s focus has been to help patients access medical cannabis, as well as international medical cannabis research.
BComm, VP of Marketing
Ivana has significant experience within different disciplines of marketing including marketing strategy and brand development across several industries. In her former role as Director of Marketing at Ophiuchus Consulting Group, she was responsible for several brand launches. Her specialty includes consumer brands with primary focus on digital marketing and advertising. Ivana has a B.Comm in Marketing Management from Ryerson University.
Dr. Akm Hai
Akm has had 25 years of extensive product development experience, including formulations, synthesis, and analytical method development. Having completed his PhD at Okayama University in Japan, in addition to his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at North Carolina State University, Akm has been developing pharmaceutical grade drugs and related delivery systems at GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) level of standards with quality testing using instruments such as GC-FID, HPLC-UV, UV-Vis, FT-IR, and GPC-RI.
MSc, Scientific Coordinator
Samantha’s past experience investigating human physiology and cellular biology has allowed her to develop a sophisticated set of laboratory skills that contribute to Avicanna’s competitive edge in the department of Research and Development. More specifically, Samantha has been published on several different occasions and has also lead various conferences and presentations related to plant gene manipulation and cloning.
BA, Hons, LLB, Legal Counsel
Michael is a lawyer with experience in sophisticated contractual negotiations and a proven ability to shepherd complex transactions to completion. His professional focus has been on corporate law, purchase and amalgamation transactions, as well as corporate reorganizations. Michael completed his legal studies at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and his Articles of Clerkship at a reputable Toronto law firm.